Former New York Knicks teammates Bill Bradley and Dave DeBusschere have been named to the Basketball Hall of Fame along with University of North Carolina Coach Dean Smith and former Cincinnati Royals star Jack Twyman.
Also to be enshrined in ceremonies May 2 in Springfield, Mass., the city where the game was invented, will be the late Lloyd Leith, a referee for four decades, and Lou Wilke, a former president of the Amateur Athletic Union and an Olympic administrator, who died in 1962.
Twyman, one of the game's great shooting forwards with the University of Cincinnati and later with the Royals, characterized the Hall of Fame committee's selections in one word: "Teamwork."
"Bradley and DeBusschere epitomized the give-and-go style of play which you don't see so much in the pros today, and, of course, Dean Smith has always coached team play," said Twyman, now a supermarket executive in Cincinnati.
Bradley, a U.S. senator from New Jersey, agreed, saying he was particularly happy to be elected in the same year as "my close friend and former teammate, Dave DeBusschere.
"In a way," Bradley said, "we helped each other get here by setting as our goal maximum effort and complete dedication to our team--a group of extraordinarily talented human beings."